Blue Mountains Festivals and Events

Your Guide to Events & Festivals in the Blue Mountains

To help you plan your trip to the Blue Mountains we have listed festivals and events throughout the year.

To add a Blue Mountains Event or Festival please email admin@bookbluemountains.com.au

 

Summer Harvest Festival - Katoomba

12 January - 28 February 2017

Created by Slow Food Blue Mountain, this festival offers a number of events aimed at educating consumers about the use, preparation and consumption of food - there's something for everyone - long lunches, workshops, talks and tours. Everything from fruit preserving to meat smoking to pasta making. See the website for more details.

Leura Shakespeare Festival

The Leura Shakespeare Festival

14-29 January 2017

Sport for Jove Theatre Company present an outdoor theatre festival at the Everglades Gardens in Leura. See productions of Julius Ceasar & Antony and Cleopatra in the beautiful setting of the Everglades Garden Theatre.

Wines of the West Festival, Katoomba

Wines of the West Festival - Katoomba

Sat 28 & Sun 29 January 2017

Enjoy wine tasting, cellar door sales, regional produce, entertainment and meet the makers of award-winning wines at the Wines of the West Festival in Katoomba at the Carrington Hotel.

Where: Carrington Hotel, Katoomba St, Katoomba
When: 11am - 5pm
Cost: $12 per person

All that Jazz Festival Blue Mountains

Roaring 20s & All That Jazz Festival

February 2017

Join in the Blue Mountain's celebration of the the Roaring 20's. The festival features high teas, music, films, a Charleston Challenge, historical walks, fashion parades, concerts, Art Deco ball, garden tours, vintage sports and much more.

Check the festival website for all events at various venues throughout the mountains.

Jazz in the Garden, Norman Lindsay Gallery

25 February 2017

Jazz in the garden is an annual event held at the Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum, Faulconbrige in the Blue Mountains.

Music by Galapogos Duck. Gates open 4pm.

Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum is located at 14 Norman Lindsay Crescent, Faulconbridge.

Tickets can be purchased online at the Gallery website.

Blue Mountains Music Festival - Katoomba Blue Mountains

Blue Mountains Music Festival - Katoomba

17-19 March 2017

This is an annual event featuring talented local and international performers.

Scenic World Sculpture Exhibition Katoomba Blue Mountains

Sculpture at Scenic World, Katoomba

7 April - 7 May 2017

Don't miss the sixth exhibition of sculptures at Scenic World. Sculptors will display their work in the Jurassic Valley at Scenic World in Katoomba. 

It's a great day out for the whole family.

Ironfest 2017 - Lithgow

21-23 April 2017

Lithgow's Ironfest is 'an Arts Festival with a metal edge' - a celebration of working and playing with metal. Ironfest brings together artists, designer/makers, blacksmiths, performers, musicians and historical re-enactors from all around the world! The festival is held at Lithgow Showground.

Mount Wilson - Open Gardens Weekend

Sat 29 & Sun 30 April 2017

Enjoy the magical autumn colours of two supreme gardens at Mount Wilson - Yengo Sculpture Garden and Dennarque Estate. Both gardens were designed in the 19th century by Charles Moore, Director of the Sydney Botanical Gardens and include many rare specimens of trees in the idyllic village setting of Mount Wilson. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to view these private Estates. All proceeds to FSHD Global Research Foundation.

Leura Harvest Festival

Sunday, 7 May 2017

The fourth Leura Harvest Festival will showcase fresh, regional and sustainable produce. Come along to enjoy sustainable, organic and locally grown food and produce stalls. There will be a chocolate cake competition, a pet chook show, a scarecrow competition, regional wine and beer tastings.

Winter Magic Festival - Katoomba

Winter Magic Festival - Katoomba

Saturday, 24 June 2017

When your feet touch the platform at Katoomba Station you'll hear it. As you walk up the steps that lead to Katoomba Street you'll see and feel it. In a moment you're part of the Blue Mountains biggest annual event, the Winter Magic Festival. Sitting atop the ancient mountain ridges of a World Heritage National Park is the idyllic location of Australia's largest community festival.

Daffodil Festival at Blue Mountains Botanic Garden

Saturday 19 - Sunday 27 August 2017

The Gardens will be transformed by a sea of golden hues as plantings of daffodils erupt in bloom. There will be many varieties of cut flowers in the Visitor Centre with cut flowers and potted daffodils for sale along with Cancer Council by purchasing Daffodil Day merchandise. For a small fee, book in for a guided daffodil walk or our bulb growing workshop.

Blue Mountains Arts Trail

Blue Mountains Arts Trail

Sat 2-Sun 3 September 2017

On 2nd and 3rd September 2017 between 10am-4pm 9 artists in the Lower Blue Mountains will be opening their studios for the Arts Trail.

The Arts Trail is a series of free events giving you the opportunity to meet artists in their studios. See first-hand the environment, tools and materials needed to make works of art. While the art will be for sale there is no obligation to buy. It is a chance to talk to the artists and find out what the art is about, or simply just take in the atmosphere. Many of the artists will do commission pieces for you. Set your own pace for a leisurely and inspirational weekend. You can plan your weekend by going to the website where you can read about the artists and use the online map to guide you.

Daffodils at Rydal

Daffodils at Rydal

9/10 & 16/17 September 2017

Every year in September, the village of Rydal celebrates the arrival of Spring by opening local gardens and village attractions to the public. Thousands of daffodils are blooming!

Gardens are open to the public from 10 am to 4 pm. A $10 entry fee covers all gardens.

Garden Festival Hazelbrook & Woodford Blue Mountains

Mid Mountains Garden Festival

16/17 & 23/24 September 2017

The annual Hazelbrook and Woodford garden festival takes place over two weekends in September. Gardens will be open to the public from 10am to 4pm on each of those weekends. Entry $5 each garden visit or all 5 for $20. Children under 16 free.

Watatah Festival Blue Mountains Botanic Garden

Wild about Waratahs Festival, Mt Tomah

Saturday 23 September - Monday 2 October 2017

Visit the Blue Mountains Botanic Garden at Mount Tomah for the Wild About Waratahs Festival. The festival features the waratah bloom competition, guided garden tours, visits to a waratah farm open day, a botanical photographic exhibition and workshops, plant sales and more. Open 9.30am - 4.30pm.

More information available by phoning 02-4567-3000.

Leura Gardens Festival

Leura Gardens Festival

30 September - 8 October 2017

The 53rd Leura Gardens Festival this year invites you to join us in experiencing the magic of spring in the beautiful Upper Blue Mountains of New South Wales.

This is a highlight on the Blue Mountains calendar of events. Don't miss it!

Wollemi Artisan Market - Blue Mountains Cultural Centre

Saturday 30 Sep 2017

Join us for the Wollemi Spring Market featuring live music, delicious food and range of unique stalls from designers and artists from the Blue Mountains, Sydney and West of the divide. It’s the perfect opportunity to enjoy a relaxing day browsing unique artisan wares in the warming Blue Mountains surrounds. Time: 10am – 3pm. Free entry.

Leura Village Fair

Leura Village Fair

7-8 October 2017

Visit Leura Mall for this annual event. The Leura Mall comes alive with market stalls, art displays, live entertainment, fine food and coffee. See the beautiful cherry blossoms lining the centre of the Mall.

Saturday 9am-4.30pm, Sunday 9am-3.30pm.

National Cool Climate Wine & Food Festival - Mayfield Gardens

Sat 21 October 2017
The Cool Climate Wine Show has teamed up with Mayfield to create the Cool Climate Wine & Food Festival to celebrate world class cool climate wines from over 15 cool climate vineyards, craft beer and cider stalls gourmet, along with 10 local and premium food trucks all in one spectacular location – Mayfield Garden. The best of local bands will keep you entertained. For the wine aficionados, there are wine tutorials from the region’s leading winemakers, cooking demonstrations for the most discerning foodies and for the budding fashionistas the very popular Fashion in the Gardens competitions. Time: 11am – 4.30pm. Entry: $55 Early Bird Adult, $45 Early Bird – Annual Pass holder, $40 Early Bird Student, $25 Early Bird Child. Bus transfers available for additional cost. Mayfield Garden, 530 Mayfield Road, Oberon.  

Back to Hartley Produce Market & Family Fair

Sunday, 29 October 2017

Explore colonial buildings at Hartley Historic Site, listen to live music, browse the art, craft and local produce stalls, see vintage cars and vintage motor bikes.

Where: Hartley Historic Site, Old Bathurst Rd (off the Great Western Hwy), Hartley

Telephone: 02 6355 2117

Rhododendron Festival - Blackheath

Rhododendron Festival - Blackheath

Sat 4 November 2017

The highlights of the festival include:

  • Grand Parade
  • Street stalls selling delicious food and drinks, jewellery, plants and much more, 8am-4pm
  • Campbell Rhododendron Gardens open every day

Glenbrook Spring Festival

Saturday 11 November 2017

Street markets, local art and craft, music. Join in the fun, food and entertainment. From 8.30am to 2.30pm with free entry. Telephone 02-4739-3447.

 

Mid Mountains Festival, Lawson

18 November 2017

A fun family day to celebrate and showcase local businesses. The festival features folk music, children's activities, the annual Beard and Mo Competition, art and craft exhibitions and workshops and much more. Free entry, 10am-4pm. Festival is held at the Lowden Lane Car Park and Mid Mountains Community Centre, Staples Crescent, Lawson.

The Garden of Earthly Delights - 30th Birthday Celebration

Sat 11 & Sun 12 November 2017

Come join us for a weekend of artistic flamboyance and celebrate the 30th Birthday of the Blue Mountains Botanic Garden. A program of arts to amuse, astonish and entertain will include music and dance, poetry and plays, exhibitions and environmental artworks along with delicious food and garden games. Don your goat-skins and fig leaves, diaphanous gowns or other dress-ups, grab your flutes and lutes, sketchbooks and cameras and head to the Blue Mountains Botanic Garden. Time: 10am – 4.30pm. Entry: Some free and some paid events. Blue Mountains Botanic Garden, Bells Line of Road, Mount Tomah, telephone P: 4567 3000.